Fall family fun in Auburn — ghosts and all

Grab the kids and head to Auburn, where the leaves are slowly turning and the hosted events are getting spookier and spookier. Traipse down an illuminated path of over-the-top pumpkins, party with the scarecrows at the community harvest festival or get scared silly at the Old Town Auburn Ghost Tours. Here are our top picks for family fun in Auburn this fall.

Pumpkin Nights

Discover pumpkins large and small when Pumpkin Nights lights up the Gold Country Fairgrounds Oct. 17-Nov. 4. This interactive display brims with more than 3,000 pumpkins — both hand carved and foam sculpted — and arranged into different pumpkin “lands.” It’s a multi-sensory experience enjoyed by tots, grown-ups and everyone in-between.

Visit all eight lands, which include pirate and underwater themes, before heading to pumpkin central where traditional fall activities abound. Indulge in seasonal treats, grab your own pumpkin from the local patch and get creative with pumpkin-painting and live-carving sessions. This year’s event includes a screening of Pixar’s “Coco” to honor the Day of the Dead celebrations that unfold just after Halloween.

Details: Tickets are $12-$20; kids ages 3 and younger are free. Family tickets are $40-$60 for two adults and two kids. The pumpkin fest runs Oct. 17-Nov. 4 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn; www.pumpkinnights.com/auburn.

Auburn Community Harvest Festival

Say hello to fall at one of Auburn’s most beloved events. Recreation Park transforms into an autumn-themed spectacular on Oct. 20, complete with contests, entertainment and kids activities. Sign up to compete in the heftiest pumpkin contest (there’s $1,000 in prize money for the winner) or a themed scarecrow contest. Awards are given out for best costume, too. Peruse the food carts hawking fall-flavored goods, and don’t miss the amazing kids area, where bounce houses, a climbing wall and rides await. Local musicians will create the soundtrack for the event, sharing tunes all afternoon.

Details: Free admission to the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Recreation Park,123 Recreation Drive, Auburn; www.auburnrec.com/events.php.

Old Town Auburn’s Halloween-themed walking tour sells out every year. (Courtesy Chris Connors) Old Town Auburn Ghost Tours

Ready to be spooked? Live ghosts bring drama to Old Town Auburn’s Halloween-themed walking tour. Learn about 10 historic spots in town and hear stories about legendary locals such as Alma Bell, Rattlesnake Dick and Big Dip. As you walk, active ghosts just may visit and give you a little scare. The historic

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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